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Our Executive Leadership TeamOur organisational structure comprises eight departments each led by an executive. The eight executives, together with the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Matt Zema, form the Executive Leadership Team (ELT). Read on to learn more about Matt and the other ELT Members.
Matt Zema, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
Matt is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AEMO, a position he has held since AEMO's establishment in 2009. Matt is also a member of AEMO's Board and regularly briefs the Board on AEMO's operations. As CEO, Matt is responsible for setting AEMO's strategic direction and ensuring we meet our objectives and responsibilities. Matt also provides day-to-day management and oversight of AEMO with the assistance of the ELT. Prior to his current position, Matt was the Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Energy Networks Corporation (VENCorp), and has also worked in general management roles with PowerNet Victoria, GPU PowerNet, and GPU International.
Mike Cleary, Operations
Mike is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of AEMO. Originally from Ireland, Mike has spent the last decade working as a consultant and in-house for market participants and operators such as the US-based PJM Interconnection, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), and since March 2012 AEMO. Mike specialises in energy market restructure and reform, with a particular focus on system and market operators, and is skilled at managing a large number of employees across multiple locations.
Jack Fitcher, Corporate Services
Jack is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of AEMO and leads the Corporates Services department, which incorporates commercial services and the program management office. Jack is also Executive General Manager WA Integration overseeing the integration of the Western Australian system operations and system management into AEMO. Prior to being appointed to the position of CFO at AEMO, Jack was the Group Manager of Commercial Services with responsibility for AEMO's finance, property, and insurance functions. Before joining AEMO, Jack was the Finance and Risk Manager at VENCorp. Jack has also held finance roles in the tourism and retail industries.
Peter Geers, Markets
Peter is the Executive General Manager of Markets, a department that looks at the financial operation of, and transactions across, Australia’s gas and electricity markets. Peter joins our ELT following his work as Group Manager of our Markets and Business Strategy divisions and brings with him a wealth of experience in the energy industry and people management. Peter is passionate about ensuring AEMO adapts to changes in the energy industry and is keen to use his experience in people management to progress work that helps AEMO to remain agile and responsive.
Brett Hausler, Governance
Brett is the Company Secretary and General Counsel, heading up the Governance department. Governance manages legal, risk and compliance frameworks across AEMO. Brett has worked in the energy industry since 1994 and currently leads AEMO's Governance department. Brett is also AEMO's Company Secretary and General Counsel. Prior to joining AEMO Brett was the General Manager, Corporate Services at NEMMCO following various corporate roles and private practice.
Karen Olesnicky, Stakeholders and Information
Karen is the Executive General Manager of the Stakeholders and Information department, which drives how, as an organisation, AEMO approaches, engages, consults and communicates with its stakeholders. Prior to joining AEMO, Karen worked at VENCorp as the General Manager of Corporate, where she was responsible for Finance, Corporate Governance, Compliance, Human Resources, Communications, Risk Management, Legal and Administrative Services.
David Swift, Corporate Development
David is the Executive General Manager of the Corporate Development department, which incorporates regulatory policy, retail market strategy, and market policy development. David has accrued a wealth of energy industry experience from having worked in the sector for the last 30 years. In his most recent position prior to joining AEMO, David provided expert electricity advice to the South Australian Government as the Chief Executive of the Electricity Supply Industry Planning Council of South Australia (ESIPC). David believes that working collegiately with our stakeholders is key to AEMO's success.
Executive General Manager, People and Culture
Jo Witters is currently acting in the role of Executive General Manager, People and Culture. The role leads teams that are focused on:
• Workplace health, safety and the environment
• Learning and development